My art: Chibi Birth of Venus WIP

My art: Chibi Birth of Venus WIP

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I swear I posted my original sketch of my chibi Birth of Venus from at least two years ago, but I can’t find it. Oh well!

I am using the vector art program Inkscape to make this. I thought I’d try making the basic line art as vector and so far I am loving it. One of my most time-consuming tasks when painting digitally is just matching my own pencil lines with the paintbrush. With vector – and a high “smooth” setting – I can bust out these lines and then adjust them as needed.

My art: Spirit Portrait finished & on sale!

My art: Spirit Portrait finished & on sale!

I finished it! It took a while (10.5 hours over a month) but I’m really pleased. And I put it in my Redbubble store, so take a look!

My technique is to draw the line art digitally and add watercolor textures for color, but I was inspired by Sara Tepes (an upcoming Artist Profile) to add real photos for the sparkly stars. I went to Pixabay and Pexel to find royalty-free space photos.

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Using the free, open source program Krita, I increased the contrast of the galaxy photos and set the blend mode of the photo layers to multiply or screen, depending on the darkness or lightness I was going for. I’m definitely going to use this technique in the future, because using real stars is way easier than trying to make random sparkles with a brush – and looks better!

My art: Spirit userpic WIP

My art: Spirit userpic WIP

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I’m working on a new user picture. I may make a series of similar images based on the five elements – if I do so, this one would be called “Spirit” because it has violet tones.

My art: I’m a plant mom!!

My art: I’m a plant mom!!

I ordered seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and planted them at the beginning of April. I was inspired by Stardew Valley to start growing my own food, and eventually I’d like to have enough plants that I can save some money with a container garden.

Little did I know that from this practical desire would spring intense delight and love! I have fallen head over heels for the little sprouts that came up! Actually some are still emerging and I squee over every new one.

Here are some photos (please forgive my terrible phone camera):

Cabbage sprouts at three and half days!
Cabbage sprouts a day or two later
Tomato sprout
Stinging nettle sprout – so tiny!
Leda with Horns finished and for sale!

Leda with Horns finished and for sale!

I finished digitally inking my Leda sketch and now it’s in my Redbubble store!

I’m learning how to use the free program Krita, which I will review in upcoming months. The brush I used was “Pencil_2B”.

I am so happy to have another artwork in my store, although I hope with a commitment of fifteen minutes of art per day I can work a little faster than one finished project every two months ^_^;;

Celestial Graces finished! And on sale!

Celestial Graces finished! And on sale!

BEHOLD, Celestial Graces is finished! I posted my initial sketch May 3, 2014 – that is over two and a half years ago!

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Aaaaaand I set up a Redbubble store, so head on over to see if you’d like to buy anything with Celestial Graces on it. It’s my first artwork in the store!

My art: 3 Graces almost done

My art: 3 Graces almost done

Making progress almost every day! I’m very happy with how it’s coming along.